Munashe recently celebrated his 5th birthday! He was very excited to choose the theme for his party…DRAGONS!! So in keeping with the dragon theme, we thought the ‘Feeding the Dragon’ game would be fun. It basically consists of kids throwing food (play food, balls etc) through the dragons mouth. I am no good at coming up with fantastic original illustrations so I enlisted the help of Leo (aka leothexplorer). He came up with this fantastic illustration with the most perfect wide mouth for feeding the dragon.
I had the job of copying and painting this onto a large cardboard box. I first drew the dragon in pencil, going over the lines with a black permanent marker. I used acrylic paint to colour the dragon in.
I cut out the mouth with my trusty craft knife and stuck some teeth made of paper. I wanted the teeth to move out of the way when hit with play food, rather that bashing up the cardboard. I found mixing the colours and painting very therapeutic and was really pleased with the final result.
Aside from the party, it has kept Zori and Munashe entertained and practicing their throwing skills.
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Munashe recently celebrated his fifth birthday. Where did all that time go? He now is making lots of his own choices and when it came to decide what theme he would like for his birthday party he chose DRAGONS!!
Making these dragon eggs took me back to my primary school days. Not that I ever made dragon eggs but because of paper mâché and balloons! Don’t you just love paper mâché?
First things first..ripping up the newspaper. Next, mixing up the wallpaper paste and start sticking.
Zori absolutely loves this glue…lots of fun, sensory play and gooey fingers.
We could have kept going and covered these balloons more times to make them extra strong but it was really tricky to know how many layers we had done. So lots of guess work involved. The more layers, the stronger the dragon egg.
We did a final layer in white printer paper, this was to make the painting stage more straight forward. I’m sure poster paints used to be more opaque than they are today. I remember the big boxes of coloured powder that we mixed ourselves. Now we just have semi opaque paint in bottles. Some things were just better back in the day!
The white layer worked really well and painting was a joy.
The dragon eggs made up part of our ‘Hunt the Dragon Eggs’ game. For extra excitement I’d made some Origami Dragons and put them inside the paper mâché eggs. Munashe was very pleased to find a dragon 🙂
What theme did your child choose for their last birthday? Please comment below 🙂
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